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One-Pot Swiss Alpine Macaroni (Aelplermagronen)

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DifficultyBeginner

This hearty pasta recipe is from the Swiss countryside. It's also known as Herdsman's Macaroni.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 mins
 2 onions, sliced as thin as possible
 2 cloves of garlic, minced
 10 ounces diced bacon
 1 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
 1 cup half and half cream
 1 pound ziti pasta (see pasta note)
 6 ounces grated Gruyère cheese
 salt and pepper to taste
serve with
 fresh parsley
 more grated gruyere
 applesauce
1

In a large soup pot or dutch oven cook the onions, garlic and bacon over medium heat for 25-30 minutes. You want the onions caramelized and the bacon cooked well. Stir often throughout cooking time. Remove this mixture from the pan (including the oil from the bacon) place in a dish and set aside.

2

Add the broth, half & half and potatoes to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high, bring to a boil. Add the pasta. Cover the pot with a lid and cook until the pasta is al dente (about 10-12 minutes)

3

Once all the liquid is soaked into the pasta, remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese, bacon & onions mixture.

4

Serve with chopped parsley, applesauce and extra grated Gruyere

Pasta note: The success of this recipe is dependent upon the specific pasta shape suggested. I don’t recommend substitutions.

Ingredients

 2 onions, sliced as thin as possible
 2 cloves of garlic, minced
 10 ounces diced bacon
 1 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
 1 cup half and half cream
 1 pound ziti pasta (see pasta note)
 6 ounces grated Gruyère cheese
 salt and pepper to taste
serve with
 fresh parsley
 more grated gruyere
 applesauce

Directions

1

In a large soup pot or dutch oven cook the onions, garlic and bacon over medium heat for 25-30 minutes. You want the onions caramelized and the bacon cooked well. Stir often throughout cooking time. Remove this mixture from the pan (including the oil from the bacon) place in a dish and set aside.

2

Add the broth, half & half and potatoes to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high, bring to a boil. Add the pasta. Cover the pot with a lid and cook until the pasta is al dente (about 10-12 minutes)

3

Once all the liquid is soaked into the pasta, remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese, bacon & onions mixture.

4

Serve with chopped parsley, applesauce and extra grated Gruyere

One-Pot Swiss Alpine Macaroni (Aelplermagronen)

~ Marla Meridith

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